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Reading Quiz

This activity contains 22 questions.

Question 1
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Which of the following would be a reason for scientists to engineer an artificial organism?
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Question 2
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Earth probably formed about __________ years ago, and the oldest known living organisms date to __________ years ago.
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Question 3
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Which of the following are the two main branches of prokaryotic evolution?
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Question 4
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Spontaneous generation __________.
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Question 5
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There were four hypothetical stages in the formation of life; abiotic synthesis of organic monomers was _____.
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Question 6
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Experiments in which electricity was discharged into a vessel containing hydrogen gas, water vapor, methane, and ammonia were conducted by _____.
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Question 7
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In cells, RNAs that can act like enzymes are called _____.
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Question 8
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Early pre-cells developed an important prerequisite for life, which was self-replicating _____.
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Question 9
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A major difference between eukaryotes and prokaryotes is that __________.
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Question 10
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E. coli bacteria, which live in human intestines, are shaped like tiny, straight sausages. They are _____.
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Question 11
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The bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis can withstand heat, dryness, and toxic chemicals that would kill most other bacteria. This indicates that it is probably able to form a protective structure called _____.
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Question 12
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Bacteria that live around deep-sea hot-water vents obtain energy by oxidizing inorganic hydrogen sulfide belched out by the vents. They use this energy to build organic molecules from carbon obtained from the carbon dioxide in the seawater. These bacteria are _____.
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Question 13
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All living organisms can be divided into four nutritional classes based on how they obtain which two resources?
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Question 14
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What is the name of poisonous proteins produced and secreted by some bacterial cells?
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Question 15
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The use of harmful microorganisms as weapons is called _____.
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Question 16
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The endosymbiotic theory states that __________; one piece of evidence supporting this theory is the fact that __________.
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Question 17
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Which of these human diseases does an apicomplexan protozoan cause?
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Question 18
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While peering through the microscope, a classmate of yours said, "I know that this thing is supposed to be a ciliate, a flagellate, or an amoeba, but I can't figure out which." You replied, "That's easy, __________."
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Question 19
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A sign on the beach states, "Beach Closed. Red Tide." The organisms interfering with your use of this beach are _____.
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Question 20
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Which of the following organisms are characterized by having glassy cell walls that contain silica?
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Question 21
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Which of the following groups of protists is classified into these three groups: brown algae, green algae, and red algae?
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Question 22
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The evolutionary link between unicellular and multicellular life was probably __________.
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